A loan of $2,675 helped a member to purchase supplies for her textile business including fabric, ribbon, buttons, thread and needles.

Mayas Group's story

San Pedro La Laguna is a picturesque town on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlán in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank's “Mayas” Group was formed here by seven Maya Tzutujil ladies who are seeking to create better lives for themselves, their families and their community. They are pleased to be able to participate in Friendship Bridge's “Microcredit Plus” Program that combines small loans and education. The Trust Bank's “Mayas” Group is beginning its second loan cycle with Friendship Bridge and the very first one with Kiva!

Doña María is a hard-working member of the group. She is 45 years old and married with six children. Her youngest child lives with her and is just beginning his formal education. Doña María is quite motivated to provide him with everything that he needs. She has a textile business and sells her traditional blouses, belts and aprons in three nearby locations. The loan that she is requesting will enable her to purchase supplies for her business including fabric, ribbon, buttons, thread and needles. Her business is growing and is proving increasingly profitable.

The ladies of the Trust Bank are happy to have just welcomed a new member to the group. The new member is very enthusiastic about Friendship Bridge's educational program. A Loan Officer from the organization attends the monthly meetings and facilitates the educational portion of the meeting. The program has been designed to strengthen the women with new knowledge about a variety of relevant subjects including women’s rights, self esteem and violence against women as well as hygiene, health and nutrition. The women also learn about the use of medicinal plants. To assist them in successfully managing their loans, they learn about accounting, budgeting, customer service, marketing and pricing.

The Trust Bank's “Mayas” Group is anxious to begin their new loan cycle. They are full of hopes and dreams. Kiva investors play a prominent role in the success of these women. Thank you, Kiva investors for your compassion and generosity.

In this group: Maria Cruz , Maria , Rosa Esthela , Rosario , Maria , Elena , Paulina

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